No contraband seized in ‘Operation Greyhound’ in Cebu City, Medellin jails

NO DRUGS, weapons and gadgets were found during the surprise greyhound inspections conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) at the Cebu City Jail Male dormitory and the Medellin District Jail in Medellin town, northern Cebu on Tuesday dawn, December 6, 2022.

Unlike the previous operations where narcotic agents seized contraband, PDEA 7 information officer Leia Alcantara said that in Tuesday’s (December 6), operations they had not confiscated any except for a small amount of money from persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in Medellin jail, which is considered illegal because inmates there are only allowed to carry coupons.

“As per report sa atoang team nga nag conduct og search and seizures, walay mga nakuha nga contraband, walay illegal drugs, wala pud daw bladed weapons and cellphones. Ang sa Medellin, duna lay nakuha nga mga ginagmay’ng kwarta,” Alcantara said.

(As per report of our team who conducted the search and seizures, there was no contraband such as illegal drugs, bladed weapons and cellphones found, except for a small amount of money in Medellin.)

Alcantara said they conducted the operations based on the request of the two jail facilities.

When asked if somebody might have leaked the information inside the jail, making the inmates aware of the incoming raid, Alcantara said she does not suspect the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) of doing it.

“Wala ra sir, we trust man pud sa atong BJMP, and as I’ve mentioned, kining wala kay ma seize dili na siya indication nga naay na-leak nga information kay naay nagsumbong but on the positive side, indication ni siya nga sakto ang pagdumala sa ilang facility,” Alcantara said.

(No sir, we also trust our BJMP and as I've mentioned, this does mean that because we have not seized any, somebody might have leaked the information, but on the positive side, this is an indication that their facilities are properly managed.)

One of the police officers from the Central Visayas who refused to be named told SunStar Cebu that currently, the police could not immediately conduct the “Operation Greyhound” because they still have to obtain permission from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

This, after the bloody incident on November 5, 2016, when Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed inside the detention cell of Baybay Leyte Provincial Jail. (AYB, TPT)